LitSite Home

Return to:   More About Reindeer (or is that a Caribou?) - Reindeer, whose scientific name is Rangifer tarandus, are semi-domesticated, slightly smaller than their wild cousins, and have a flatter nose.
 previous Gallery Thumbnails
Corralled reindeer at Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island

Title taken from caption.  Notes state: "Reindeer herd in U.S. Government Reindeer Project corral at Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island, Alaska, with coastline in background."  Additional notes: "A characteristic trait of different reindeer herds is the direction that they mill or turn.  The reindeer herd at Nunivak Island always turn in a clock-wise direction whereas other herds of Alaska are known to travel in a counter-clock-wise direction.  In this photograph, looking north over the burial grounds of the natives of Mekoryuk, the sand dunes along the beach, and out over the Bering Sea, a strong substantial corral is built that will handle well over a thousand milling snorting reindeer.  Camouflaged fencing is used to keep the highly sensitive and easily frightened reindeer from seeing the various buildings of the Project."

For more information about this image click here.

  Contact Us       LitSite Alaska, Copyright © 2000 - 2020. All rights reserved. UAA / University of Alaska Anchorage.
University of Alaska Anchorage